Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.
In Farmingdale, school district officials have been vigilant in their efforts to combat the virus.
At a recent meeting of the Farmingdale Board of Education, school district superintendent John Lorentz discussed New York State’s proposal to invest $2 billion into districts statewide
through the Smart Schools Bond Act.
If approved by voters in the upcoming general elections, the act would allow the state to borrow $2 billion in the form of a capital bond to provide students with access to classroom
technology and high-speed internet connectivity, with the goal of equalizing opportunities for children to learn, adding classroom space, expanding pre-kindergarten programs, replacing classroom trailers with permanent instructional space and installing high-tech security features in schools.
Over the weekend, thousands of Long Island residents flocked to the Village of Farmingdale for its 26th annual Columbus Day Weekend Fair and Fireman’s carnival. Running from Oct. 9
to 13, the five-day affair featured live music from Farmingdale’s own Electric Dudes and Long Island party band Superbad, a Fire Department barbecue, food vendors, a street fair, fireworks, carnival rides, games for kids of all ages and, of course, the Columbus Day parade.
If the Farmingdale Rams are going to get over the top and capture the Skyline Conference for men’s soccer in 2014, it will take some more aggressive play. That’s according to team captain and defensive player Vincent Danetti.
“We don’t have a lot of big guys on our team,” Danetti said. “We need to play aggressive.”
Bring your four-legged friends—in costume if they’d like—to roam Old Westbury Gardens during ‘Dog Days.’ Twice a year canines are welcome to accompany their (leashed) humans around the grounds of the mansion, and this is Fido’s last shot until spring. On Sunday, enjoy exhibits from rescue groups and animal welfare organizations from 1 to 4 p.m. A dog costume contest and parade takes place at 3 p.m. All activities included with admission: $8, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 7 to 17. At 71 Old Westbury Rd., Westbury, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tel: 516-333-0048.
Mentorship is one of those goals rotary clubs strive for, particularly when it comes to grooming future community business leaders. Nowhere was this more important than when the most recent Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary meeting’s guests were Stanley Pelech, director of Integrated Academic and Technical studies and Jodi Haniquet, advisor of the Farmingdale High School (FHS) Interact club. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people. The Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary is the sponsor of the 75-plus student strong high school club. Advisor Jodi Haniquet reported to Rotary club members what fundraising events the Interact Club will participate in for the 2015 school year. The service group will once again team with FHS student government in a food drive – donations collected for Island Harvest pantries. They will also participate in Ronald McDonald house dinner program – cooking and serving meals on the premises in New Hyde Park for the many families staying at the residence while their seriously ill children receive treatment at nearby hospitals.
Talk to anyone who has been to Italy and they’ll rave about the food — how fresh and delicious it was, whether they dined in the small cafés or fancy restaurants. Throughout Italy there’s a commitment to great ingredients and well-honed techniques.
This fall, two Italian food experts from Spuntino Wine Bar and Italian Tapas restaurant at The Gallery at Westbury Plaza are bringing that enthusiasm for great food to the Ethical Humanist Society in Garden City. Andrea Luca Rossi, Spuntino general manager, and Ryan Keough, executive chef, are giving cooking demonstrations, free of charge. Lyn Dobrin, food writer for THE TK NAME OF YOUR PAPER and a member of the Ethical Humanist Society, will host.
You can experience military history through the ages in one afternoon at the Old Bethpage Restoration during Military Timeline Weekend, this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11 and 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Joseph M. Gergela III, executive director of the Long Island Farm Bureau, was honored by Farmingdale State College with its Ram’s Horn Award at the annual Fall Garden Party at Carlyle on the Green at Bethpage State Park on Sunday, Oct. 5.
The Ram’s Horn Award is given to an individual or business that supports the Farmingdale College Foundation’s efforts to provide student scholarships, faculty development grants, and fund programs and projects of the college. It is the highest award given by the foundation.
The Long Island Flower & Home Expo is coming to the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Friday, Oct. 3 from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The home and garden show will feature flowering indoor and outdoor gardens, fall landscaped vignettes, thousands of Chrysanthemums, home decor, cooking demonstrations, and home improvement contractors. Design specialists will be available all weekend, so bring your decor ideas. In addition to beautiful gardens, attendees will enjoy informative seminars, home improvement tips and tips from landscaping consultants.
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